WikiLeaks is taking heat for saying it wants to publish the private information of hundreds of thousands of verified Twitter users.
A Twitter account associated with the group said an online database would include such sensitive details as family relationships and finances.
“We are thinking of making an online database with all ‘verified’ twitter accounts & their family/job/financial/housing relationships,” the WikiLeaks Task Force account tweeted Friday.
The account then tweeted: “We are looking for clear discrete (father/shareholding/party membership) variables that can be put into our AI software. Other suggestions?”
Wikileaks told journalist Kevin Collier on Twitter that the organization wants to “develop a metric to understand influence networks based on proximity graphs.”
Twitter bans the use of Twitter data for “surveillance purposes.” In a statement, Twitter said: “Posting another person’s private and confidential information is a violation of the Twitter rules.”
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SOURCE: USA Today, Jessica Guynn